I have been feeling like sharing in here since yesterday but never got the chance until now!
Yesterday was Day 3 of my 7 day detox. Both yesterday and today have been my toughest. I actually felt like just giving it up today and eating. Especially, when I smelled my son’s raisin toast yesterday and then today, after I made a beautiful Spinach & potato Fritata with salad for the family. It looked so delicious. I will admit that I did take a bit off my husband’s plate to taste if it had enough salt or flavour. I could have kept eating it but I didn’t, I went back to my especially made Spicy Butternut pumpkin & sweet potato soup – which was deliciously filling!
After not working out on Monday, I made up for it on Tuesday by going for a long walk in the afternoon to pick up the boys from school, then I had a few errands to run, so we walked to the shopping centre to do that and then walked home..took a total of 55 mins! Although it was a beautiful day, by the time we were walking home, the sun had decided to hide behind the clouds, which made it a very cold walk in the end. I was truly buggered after that and there was no way I was going to even attempt to workout with Jillian for 30mins as well.
I saved that for Wednesday instead, 30 mins of Ripped & 30 mins of Yoga – and boy, am I feeling that today!!!
My initial plan was to do Ripped in 30 for the next 3 days but felt like I needed to give my arms a bit of a rest from the weights and push ups for today, so instead did 55 mins of Step aerobics with good old Jane Fonda! Which I thought would be a little walk in the park for my arms, but noooo…it wasn’t at all. So I am pretty sore at the moment, suffice to say. lol
How am I getting through this despite the urge to just eat and give up?
Well, I keep telling myself it’s only for 7 days, plus it’s not the full on Lemon detox which helps so much as that can get tiring on the palate after a while. So I have almost completed Day 4, therefore there is only 3 more days and I can so do this after having done a full on detox for 28 days 2-3 months ago!
This time around, I have to admit that it is partly a physical experience because I do want to ensure that I fit in my Forever New dress on my niece’s birthday on the 18th of August. At the same time, it’s an opportunity to get myself back on track, like a reset. What I also found is that when I am detoxing, I have more of an appetite for health. I am more motivated to cook and bake things that are different, and wholesome! So I really need to find a way to anchor this feeling and motivation that I have right now. I am seeing that my mindset needs to be that this is a lifestyle change and not a quick fix or the next diet fad. I suppose that this is a hard habit to break as diet fads are pretty much how I have mostly managed my weight in the past. Now, I have to really rethink everything…mostly that this is how I want to live my life for always, not temporarily.
I know that everything happening is part of the journey, part of the learning. There are no wrong or right answers here. Just me discovering what is best along the way…and sometimes, as I am discovering, that could mean going 10 steps forward and 5 steps back – just so that I can be clear that the old path is not one that I want to reintroduce in my life(processed foods).
There are others out there, reading this right now, probably wondering why I seem to be putting myself through some kind of torture with these detoxes. Personally, I think this is the best thing for MY body. I really feel that it’s important to give my body a rest from all the foods that I usually eat. Although, I have cut out a lot of processed foods, I am still in the process of adopting more raw foods, vegetables and fruits in my diet(and my family’s). After the last detox, I found that I am no longer able to eat too many red or white meats, hence why I introduced more vegetarian dishes in our weekly menu plan at home. And I think that we are all benefiting greatly from this as it does give our digestive system a break from always trying to break down meats (and thankfully, processed meats such as ham, bacon, etc..are no longer part of this – they are now only eaten rarely! Really as more of a once in a while treat – a long while!!)
I see this all over the internet, Do detoxes work? Well, it’s a very general question and I think it really comes down to individuals and how you plan to make it so that the detox works for your body and your lifestyle choice. In the end, we all do what we feel is right for our body. Our body tells us exactly what it needs, everyday…we need only to listen to it!!
So you see, this is all a process. There’s no end result. It’s all a working progress…even if I have gone back a few steps, I am still willing to keep marching forward and cover those steps again – whatever it takes! Not saying there won’t be more mishaps…most likely will be, but as long as I have the drive and desire to implement this healthy living in my life – it will happen!!!
I think I have ranted enough for now… enough to get things out of my head, so that I am clearer as to where I am going.
SO I thank you for reading and giving me the time to let things out.